List of Clemson Tigers head baseball coaches
The Clemson Tigers baseball program is a college baseball team that represents Clemson University in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The team has had 27 head coaches since it started playing organized baseball in the 1896 season, but only 5 since the end of World War II. The current coach is Jack Leggett, who took over the head coaching position in 1994.
Clemson has played in 4,012 games during their 114 seasons. Since its creation in 1947, all five Tigers coaches; Randy Hinson, Walter Cox, Bill Wilhelm, and Leggett; have led Clemson to the NCAA Tournament. Wilhelm and Leggett have advanced teams to the College World Series. Four coaches have won conference championships with the Tigers: Hinson won one as a member of the Southern Conference; and Smith, Wilhelm, and Leggett won a combined 14 as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Bill Wilhelm is the all-time leader in games coached (1,707), seasons coached (36), and total wins (1,161). John Heisman has the highest winning percentage of any Tiger coach with a 28–6–1 record (.814) in his three years in Clemson. R. T. V. Bowman has the lowest winning percentage (.250 in two seasons). In 2011, Wilhelm was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
|1||Bowman, R. T. V.R. T. V. Bowman||1896, 1898||8||2||6||0||.250||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|3||Heisman, JohnJohn Heisman||1901–1903||35||28||6||1||.814||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|4||McMakin, JohnJohn McMakin||1904–1906||46||20||23||3||.467||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|5||Shaughnessy, FrankFrank Shaughnessy||1907||17||9||7||1||.559||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|6||Lynch, RobertRobert Lynch||1908||17||6||11||0||.353||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|7||Reynolds, JessieJessie Reynolds||1909||22||10||12||0||.455||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|8||Holland, JoeJoe Holland||1910||21||10||11||0||.476||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|9||Dobson, FrankFrank Dobson||1911–1913||58||37||21||0||.638||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|10||Robertson, ThomasThomas Robertson||1914||22||16||6||0||.727||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|11||Sitton, VetVet Sitton||1915–1916||45||26||18||1||.589||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|12||Morris, CountryCountry Morris||1917, 1920||45||17||28||0||.378||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|13||Donahue, EdwardEdward Donahue||1918–1919||39||17||21||1||.449||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|14||Conover, LarryLarry Conover||1921||19||5||14||0||.263||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|15||Durfee, L. V. H.L. V. H. Durfee||1922–1924||56||29||26||1||.527||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|16||May, ThomasThomas May||1925||25||11||14||0||.440||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|17||Richards, CulCul Richards||1926||19||8||11||0||.421||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|18||Gillam, TinkTink Gillam||1927||25||11||13||1||.460||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|19||Guyon, JoeJoe Guyon||1928–1931||81||42||36||3||.537||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|20||Neely, JessJess Neely||1932–1938||135||67||66||2||.504||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|21||Hinson, RandyRandy Hinson||1939–1940, 1946–1947||79||58||19||2||.747||13||2||0||.867||1||3||2||0||0||0||—||1||—||0||—|
|22||Rogers, TomTom Rogers||1941–1942||34||18||14||2||.747||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|23||Howard, FrankFrank Howard||1943||15||12||3||0||.800||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||0||—|
|24||Cox, WalterWalter Cox||1945, 1948–1951||119||70||48||1||.592||47||18||1||.720||1||0||2||0||0||0||—||0||0||0||—|
|25||Smith, BobBob Smith||1952–1957||119||52||65||2||.445||39||50||2||.440[A 10]||2||3||4||—||—||—||—||1||0||0||—|
|26||Wilhelm, BillBill Wilhelm †||1958–1993||1707||1161||536||10||.683||378||158||1||.706||17||42||36||6||4||12||—||20||7||0||ACC Coach of the Year (1988)
ABCA District III Coach of the Year (1991)
ACC Coach of the Year (1991)
|27||Leggett, JackJack Leggett||1994–2015||1189||812||376||1||.683||304||166||1||.646||17||65||39||6||8||12||2||2||2||0||ACC Coach of the Year (1994)
ACC Coach of the Year (1995)
ABCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year (2002)
ACC Coach of the Year (2006)
ABCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year (2010)
- A running total of the number of head coaches.
- Clemson was a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association from 1900 until 1923, but the conference did not sponsor baseball. The Southern Conference, of which Clemson was a member from 1924 until 1953, did not sponsor baseball until 1947. Since 1954, Clemson has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
- Postseason play involving the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.
- Postseason appearances include seasons with NCAA Division I Baseball Championship bids since the tournament began in 1947.
- College World Series appearances include seasons with CWS bids since the tournament began in 1947.
- The Atlantic Coast Conference split into two divisions in 2006. Since then, regular season conference championships are no longer awarded.
- The Southern Conference held a tournament from 1950 until 1953. The Atlantic Coast Conference began a baseball tournament in 1974. The tournament was not held in 1979.
- Statistics correct as of the end of the 2011 college baseball season.
- Clemson did not sponsor a baseball team in 1897 or 1944.
- 21–16 (.568) against SoCon opponents and 18–34–2 (.352) against ACC opponents.
- "Clemson University". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Archived from the original on 17 August 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
- 2011 Media Guide, p. 141
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- 2011 Media Guide, p. 142
- 2011 Media Guide, p. 137
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- Phillips, Steve (ed.). "ACC Year-By-Year" (PDF). 2011 ACC Baseball Media Guide. Atlantic Coast Conference. p. 52. Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 August 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
- 2011 Media Guide, p. 140
- 2011 Media Guide, p. 15
- "2010 Diamond/ABCA NCAA Division I Regional Coaches of the Year" (PDF). American Baseball Coaches Association. Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 August 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2011.